Municipal boundaries and the idea of place

G. A. Schnell, M. Monmonier

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Recent concern by geographers about the role of place in social science raises the question of defining and delimiting areas on political a well as functional grounds. This paper employs several examples to explore the complex relationships between 'place' and legal political units. Municipal Service areas for a New York State town and village and census-defined statistical units, encompassing major urban centers and metropolitan areas illustrate the enigma of defining place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-26
Number of pages11
JournalPennsylvania Geographer
Issue numberSUPPL.
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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